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WOMEN IN THE 50's and 60's

WOMEN IN THE 50's and 60's



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Have dinner ready. Prepare yourself. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. Clear away the clutter, run a dust cloth over the tables. Taken from a 1950's American High School Home Economics textbook. The roles of women during the 50s were just the same as they were before World War II, stay at home, take care of the family, indeed not much had changed. Towards the end of the 50s, women started to move out and away from the home. They started to take up jobs and do things that men were doing. Many took up jobs to help support the family, either because they wanted to or they needed to. During the early 60s women had jobs and were starting to gain respect from fellow workers and people. Several groups of women were starting to take roles in jobs that we still see them in today, such as teachers and nurses. There were a few that managed to find work in places like factories and as doctors or a lawyer. Never the less womens roles in the 50s were extremely different then in the 60s.